Waterfalls are usually difficult to climb because the water continues to flow and the rocks are slippery. But in Thailand a waterfall can be climb easily, visitors don’t to be afraid of slipping. The rocks seem to stick to your feet, which is why this waterfall is also call Sticky Waterfall.
Sticky Waterfall is in Sri Lanna National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The actual name of this waterfall is Namtok Bua Tong. Sri Lanna National Park is located about 54 kilometers outside Chiang Mai so it can be visited on a day trip from the city.
What makes this waterfall special is the limestone rocks and mineral content in the water which allows visitors to climb the waterfall without slipping. Although the climb is not as easy as walking on flat ground, it is also not too problematic.
Here, the rocks are covered with layers of calcium and other mineral deposits.
This gives the stone a rough, grippy texture. Although the climb is steep in places, most of the climb can be done easily with just a little rope assistance and proper climbing shoes. There is no algae or slime deposits on the rocks so they are naturally easy to climb.
This waterfall is a popular destination for locals and tourists visiting Chiang Mai. Namtok Bua Tong is located in the middle of a lush tropical forest, meaning it is in beautiful natural surroundings. Even though it is a popular tourist destination, this place is not as busy as beach tourist destinations in Thailand.
What’s more interesting is that this waterfall is always there all year round, it never dries up. That’s because the water comes from mineral springs.
If you want to visit here, wear comfortable shoes even if you don’t intend to climb the waterfall. The reason is, visitors have to walk through a steep path to get to the waterfall.
Visitors also don’t need to bring their own food because there are a number of traders right at the entrance to the national park. Visitors can enjoy Thai food while sitting at the picnic tables provided.